I had this wonderful vintage pedal taxi in my collection for almost a year, but couldn’t find the spark for a story to tell about it - until one snowy day in New York, the story found me.
In January, 2016, I was visiting Manhattan when a major snowstorm blanketed the region. The snow was remarkable, shutting down the city and airports for days. When the weather finally cleared enough for me to head home, I hailed a cab for the airport.
The cabbie was friendly, chatting the whole time we crawled along the icy roads. He told me how he had a big jar at home where he put all his tips to save a college fund for his children - and just like that, I could see the whole composition for The College Fund, complete with a coin-filled jar.
This painting will be featured in The Rehs Gallery ARC Select Show in NYC, beginning Oct. 22, 2016 The taxi pedal car is from the 1950s - 60s, complete with the logo and fare stickers you see here. The suitcase is one of the vintage, leather-covered jobs from the same time period. (Fun fact: I used this suitcase as a model for the tiny one on top of the station wagon in Grand Vacation.
While all big cities have taxis, the yellow cab is part of the very fabric of what makes New York unique. As a nod to this cultural phenomenon, I put an ethereal Manhattan skyline in the upper left of the background, to add just a whisper of the Big Apple for ambiance.
To create the skyline, I first painted it in with dark, black strokes. I then covered it with paint, adding layers until the appearance was hazy and dreamlike.
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Canvas giclées: Edition of 50 (for all sizes), signed and numbered on the back of the piece. Archivally mounted or stretched and hand-coated with protectant. Framed canvas giclées are hand-framed in our studio with an espresso-colored frame with gold-tone lip. Unframed canvas giclées should not be framed with glass.
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For 35 years, Richard Hall enjoyed a successful career in fine art, using his talents to explore the opposing worlds of abstract art and traditional still life. But chance intervened when a mischievous toddler added her two-cents worth to one of Richard’s still life settings, prompting Richard to see his work in an entirely new way. READ MORE
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